The first days of a dog from a shelter in your home
First of all, congratulations on having a dog! It doesn’t matter if you bought it or took it for free from the shelter. Consider in this article how to prepare at home for the appearance of the dog and how to behave the first time.
For the first few days in a new home, the dog may be stressed. She may not understand where she is and may not know what to expect from the new owner. To smooth the transition period, it is necessary to create a clear structure of the relationship between the dog with you (as with the main owner) and the dog with the rest of the family.
Before driving a dog to the house:
Determine where the dog will spend most of its time.
Due to environmental changes, the dog will be stressed and for some time may forget the rules of behavior in the house. The best place to get a dog to start with is almost always a kitchen, as it is easiest to clean.
Prepare a place to sleep.
If you plan to put a doghouse, a house or arrange a special place for sleeping, then do it in advance. Everything should be ready before the dog arrives in the house.
Prepare the apartment.
Prepare an apartment or room where the dog will spend most of the time the first few months. Remove or tape loose electrical cords; hide household chemicals in closed cabinets or put on high shelves, remove plants and fragile objects from the floor.
Make a common language for communicating with the dog for the whole family.
Dog training will begin from the first minutes of its appearance in the house. Take time and create a list of teams that you and your relatives will use when communicating with a new family member. This will help to avoid confusion and help the dog learn to understand you faster. (If the dog is already an adult, be prepared for the fact that, due to previous owners, it may not respond to some command words as you expect. Be patient, the dog should get used to you).
Prepare a collar with your contact details.
As soon as you pick up the dog from the shelter or from the previous owners, put a collar on it, on which your name and phone number will be indicated. This will provide additional security when traveling home and in the first few difficult days.
You can also use this very effective and simple technique so as not to lose your pet! For this you only need what is always at hand at home and 15 minutes of time.
This is a trifle, but very important!
The first days of the dog at home
Do not introduce the dog to a lot of new people
Even for people, a change of residence is stress; Your dog feels the same way! Give your dog time to acclimatize in your home and get used to your family. It is not worthwhile to organize parties and holidays in the very first days and introduce the dog to your friends, acquaintances and distant relatives. Protect it from excessive number of people and other dogs. Give her as much time as possible one on one. This will allow you (the owner) and your dog to get to know each other better. Find out what the dog likes and what doesn’t.
Make sure the children know how to approach the dog without scaring her.
Find out the dog’s diet and schedule at the shelter.
When you pick up a dog from the shelter, do not forget to ask what and when it was fed. The first few days it is better to follow the same schedule and not change the feed. If in the future you want to change your diet and eating time, you can do this in about a week. During the first few days, add one part of the new food to three parts of the old. Then increase the amount of new food to half. Next, three parts of the new and one – of the old.
Get ready to transport the dog.
It is better to transport the dog from the shelter home in a special carrying container. Some dogs experience stress in the car, especially if they have not ridden the car before. Having a special transportation will make the trip easier for you and for the dog. If you do not want to buy your own carriage for yourself, you can ask the person from whom you take the dog, or from friends.
Stock up on extra covers for seats, paper towels, ask at the shelter or the volunteers about the features of transporting the dog in the car.
Introduce the dog to her toilet.
Arriving home, immediately take the dog to his toilet and spend a sufficient amount of time with him. The dog must get used to this place. Even a dog accustomed to go to the toilet on the street or only in a special place can forget these rules for a while, embarrassed by new people, smells and sounds.
Get a clear feeding and walking schedule.
From the very first day, set up a schedule for feeding, using the toilet and walking. A dog, like a person, needs time for games and communication with his family, and time to be alone and think about the dog’s sense of life. Do not comfort the dog if it whines when it is left alone. But when she plays, nibbles a toy, rests calmly – give her maximum attention and encourage her for good behavior.